i'm thinking about holiday season much differently this year. yes, for the past few seasons, i've tried hard as i could to buy local, handmade, artist-created wares, goods, artwork. i've even tried making things for loved ones. this year, i'm going to focus on simple. very simple. well-chosen words, photographs, pictures, drawings, paper. ordinary things made more beautiful by a new, vibrant approach. maybe an intriguing postcard acutely placed in a gorgeous frame. or a set of vintage silverware with the handles dipped in paint.
along these same lines, in the etsy shop, i'm currently offering simple, hand-lettered quotes on 8x10 paper. whatever quote, saying, words you can think of will be transposed in my calligraphy and sent to you, ready to be gifted, (or framed, and then gifted. or wrapped around something else, and then gifted. or kept for yourself). i figured this was a lovely, cost-effective way to gift my love of lettering to holiday celebrants everywhere.
it's early, yes, but think how much more you'll be able to enjoy your egg nog and ugly sweater parties knowing your holiday shopping is all done (and looking pretty beautiful, if i say so)? cheers!
- find the listing for custom hand lettered quotes here!
oh dear dear dear. i can't believe i've let it go so long without posting anything, and so for the very few of you who read this from time to time (or who just accidentally click on the link in my gmail status every so often), i apologize profusely. i could blame any number of factors: the endless holiday parties; the trips to chicago, massachusetts, and, um, manhattan; finishing and panicking about grad school applications; general laziness; etc. the truth is, i've been a horrible and non-diligent blogger. but, as the expired calendar hanging on my wall has been reminding me for the past few days, it is indeed a new year, and so what better time to begin anew than now?
since it's been so long, here's a quick update on what's been going on:
the holidays were absolutely wonderful. spending an entire week at home with family and friends, hosting and attending parties and small dinners, shopping for last-minute gifts and finding spontaneous adventures in the wound-about back alleys of boston was truly the only way i could have wanted to escape work and any droplets of stress not yet wrung from the past year. i love going home. i love that my parents' fridge is always stocked with orange juice, half and half and about five different varieties of cheese. our living room, with its wall of windows looking out across our backyard and the trees that line the stone wall where kasey (our late faithful and mangy and beautiful german-retriever dog) is buried, is admittedly a much more serene view than the projects that fill the windows looking out of my brooklyn apartment. and there are always people about the house, engaged in various activities, talking to each other from across rooms or up stairs, preparing meals, wrapping gifts, annoying each other with the choice of television show until finally mum announces that it's dinner time. there's really nowhere else i'd rather be, especially at the holidays. our house glimmers, it sparkles, it glows from inside and out. our big blue spruce, the pride of my father, done up with hundreds of colored twinkle lights, becomes a beacon of cheerfulness to all who drive up to our house between the months of november and march. when i think of the home that i'll someday build with my own family, it's hard to stray any further from the example that's been set there.
applications are just about complete; as soon as my portfolio is tweaked a bit and recommendation letters are put in the mail, all i'll have left to do is wait and send positive energy out into the world until april 1st. waiting is always the hardest part, but in the meantime i remain hopeful and more determined than ever to promote good change in my professional life. well, in my personal life too. it never hurts to try everything.
and speaking of professional and personal life melding, i've decided to apply for the yoga to the people teacher training program in february. this is something i've been wanting to do for a long time, perhaps when i started practicing yoga there three years ago. i'm incredibly excited for the opportunity to become more in tune with the physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of this practice, and i know it will end up being an exhilarating and eye-opening experience. hopefully you'll be reading more about the process come february when the training begins!
ok, i think that's enough for now. i know everyone's been in a very reflective and reevaluating mood as of late, and so to prolong the trend, i'd like to offer up some resolutions, or general guidelines that i hope to keep in mind as 2010 moves ahead. i will strive to seriously not sweat the small stuff (life is far too short for that). i will take more initiative with my life and where i want it to head (no one else is going to do it for me). i will cherish my family and friends, and will do whatever i can to come to their aid when called upon (i know that they would for me). and lastly, i will have more fun, more laughter, more silliness and spontaneity in my life. what's the point in going through the day-to-day if there's nothing enjoyable about it? i refuse to be pulled down into the muck, and i hope that you all do too.
best wishes for a safe, happy and healthy 2010. much more to come soon!